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KC Crossroads Arts District Soars in Development

by Lexi Ryan | Oct 30, 2017

Over the last decade, the Kansas City Crossroads Art District has continued to develop into one of the most sought out places to be in KC. Art, food, retail, entertainment and services alike support each other in their own small community within a big city. 

Dance Fit Flow opened on 17th street Sept. 25 after owners and former Chiefs cheerleaders Lauren Boyd and Kerri Pomerenke decided they wanted to offer a place that allowed people to discover a love for dancing. They choose the Crossroads for the demographic, Streetcar access and variety of local businesses with owners that like to support other small businesses in the area.

Recently opened on Grand Blvd and 17th street, four-story Messenger Coffee has already been at the top of everyone’s list. Daily Coffee News wrote that the first floor includes Ibis bakery and Messenger Café, while the second floor has the Messenger roaster and slow bar, the third floor offers a comfortable seating lounge with a stereo, and an outdoor rooftop deck.

After two years in Grandview, Songbird Café added a larger location on 1529 Grand Blvd. The owners added this Crossroads location in order to be closer to the heart of downtown Kansas City and the growth happening in the area. On First Friday’s, Songbird Café will stay open later while offering live music and its own gallery of artists.  This café offers fresh and clean breakfast and lunch options.

Local artists and makers platform, Made in Kansas City, added two new locations this fall, one downtown and one in the Crossroads. At  509 E. 18th St. the Crossroads location will allow for a peer-to-peer local marketplace.  These shops will feature work from more than 200 local artists, designers and makers.

Construction on Corrigan Station was completed in December 2016. Tenants include Hollis + Miller, Holmes Murphy & Associates, The Roasterie, WeWork and Corvino Supper Club. The second phase of the Corrigan Station development will break ground this December and house an $11M office building on 19th and Main.  

Independence-based Outreach International will move into new Crossroads headquarters at 112 W. 18th St.  Outreach International leads projects and solutions to help end poverty around the world. They are relocating in hopes of receiving more foot traffic, especially through First Fridays.  

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